Share This Page

Outdoor deck in Murrysville will accommodate wheelchairs

| Friday, June 21, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

In the fall, Townsend Park in Murrysville will feature a new deck specifically designed for people with wheelchairs.

Officials received the OK from council to advertise for bids for the project, pending approval from the state Department of Natural Resources.

The state awarded a $42,000 grant with a match from the municipality.

“More than anything else, this is an opportunity to give accessibility to everyone to be able to utilize that pond up there, whether it's young, old or disabled,” chief administrator Jim Morrison said. “It should be a very nice project.”

Two connected decks will replace the old one.

Although officials aren't sure how old the deck is, they believe it was installed in the 1980s.

Joe Dietrick, municipal engineer, said the deck is in “really bad” shape. Support columns are leaning and wood is curling, he said.

“It's near the end of its life,” Dietrick told council when it met on Wednesday.

The new deck will be fashioned from stainless steel connectors and treated wood. Officials expect it to last between 15 and 20 years.

Construction should begin this summer and take about a month, officials said.

In other business:

• Morrison said he has received numerous phone calls regarding requests from a land service company for permission for its workers to be on properties. Greensburg-based Cougar Land Services has been contracted to do seismic testing on 102 acres of land in Westmoreland County, including some properties in Murrysville. The company has left fliers at affected homes. Morrison said the municipality has no authority in the matter and residents should contact the company with questions.

• Council approved a request to reduce bonds being held for the completion of the dek hockey project, from $115,000 to $24,000, and for the storm water management portion of the Blue Spruce retail plan along Route 22, from $376,405 to $264,085.

Amanda Dolasinski is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.